Mercedes-Benz India is piloting newer research on safety aspects in its cars by means of virtual human body models. This research by the R&D team in India is a step up from the traditional crash test dummies.
The engineers at the Mercedes-Benz R&D unit in India situated in the IT city of Bangalore which is the carmaker's only research facility conducting the Human Body Modelling (HBM) simulation.
Fatalities and injuries due to road accidents are rising at an alarming rate in the world. An estimated 1.3 million people die in road crashes globally every year, that's an average of 3,287 deaths per day.
The research through HBM simulation takes into account various parameters like complex physical properties of the human body like muscle contractions under different crash situations.
Computer-generated models or mathematical models of the human body, along with similar models of vehicle structure and different safety systems in cars which can offer economical, flexible, and speedy technique with the crash tests.
The new R&D facility in India of Mercedes-Benz is the only centre which is conducting the unique tests globally. The centre has over 3,000 engineers, the Indian unit is the largest Daimler R&D centre outside Germany.